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ERIC Number: EJ890364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Developing a Sociological Perspective on Mental Illness through Reading Narratives and Active Learning: A "Book Club" Strategy
Lewis, Michael
Teaching Sociology, v32 n4 p391-400 Oct 2004
In this paper, the author discusses his creation of a classroom environment organized around the "book club" idea. His experiences suggest that appealing directly to students' experiences can lead to greater classroom cohesion and student investment without hindering student learning, but that the amount of traditional content that can be covered may be decreased in such courses. The author first discusses the difficulties he encountered that led him to try such a different scheme and choices he made to deal with the limitations of his scheme. He then discusses the outcomes, both learning and participation, of his approach. He concludes by discussing the implications of using non-traditional literatures and student-centered discussion in the classroom, rather than more traditional readings combined with lectures and professor-led discussions. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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